Ascension Christian battles Christian Life to 42-19 decision

Michael Tortorich
Ascension Christian’s Jacob Puryear carries against Christian Life Friday night. The home-standing Lions fell by a 42-19 score to Christian Life.

The Biblical story of David and Goliath often comes up in the sports world.

For the Ascension Christian football program, the similarities to the tale are uncanny.

The homestanding Lions may have suffered a 42-19 setback to Christian Life Friday night, but they continued to battle despite falling behind on the scoreboard.

Often out-matched by sheer numbers and experience, the Lions consistently fight the odds stacked against them.

Ascension Christian fell behind Friday in the first half, as Christian Life mounted a 42-0 lead. Despite the deficit, the Lions kept to the task at hand and scored 19 points in the second half.

The Lions had to overcome a shaky start. The opening kickoff resulted in a fumble, which was recovered by Christian Life. The first play from scrimmage was a touchdown pass along the right side to Frank Bartley.

Trailing 7-0, Ascension Christian drove to midfield, but the series stalled on fourth down.

The Lions then tigthened their defense and forced a punt.

Christian Life extended the lead when Bartley caught another touchdown pass, this time on the left side. The play came on fourth-and-4 with 2:43 left in the first quarter.

Christian Life’s Uriah Kibodi added to the advantage when he stormed through for a blocked punt. He recovered the ball and returned it for a touchdown with 33 seconds remaining in the first.

After a fumble recovery at midfield, Bartley took a reverse around the left side for a score. Christian Life led 28-0 at the 9:17 mark.

Ascension Christian had a promising drive that went to the Christian Life 24 before ending on a turnover on downs.

Christian Life added another touchdown drive at the 3:10 mark in the second, extending the lead to 35-0.

Just 15 seconds to go in the first half, Christian Life took advantage of a short field following a punt, adding another score.

Ascension Christian quarterback Jacob Puryear thew a pair of touchdowns to Connor Bledsoe. The 5-yard passes capped scoring drives for the Lions.

Dustin Blanchard scored the third touchdown on a 6-yard run.

Michael Tortorich is Sports Editor at the Gonzales Weekly Citizen. You can contact him by emailing sports @, calling 644-6397, or read more about his stories on Twitter by following @WeeklyCitizen.

Ascension Christian’s Kaleb Bledsoe looks for running room.